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Get ready for your next assignment gumshoe: Carmen Sandiego is traveling Google Earth

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Looking for a little old timey computer nostalgia with a dose of espionage and a taste of geographical flavor? Well, gumshoe, you are ready for your next assignment from the ACME detective agency. This time Carmen Sandiego is sneaking around the world via Google Earth. The Crown Jewels Caper is the first of a series of new Where on Google […]

Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

Revisiting #ALATTT_ Trend #1_ AR_VR_MR and a touch of AI (1)

  Back at ALA Midwinter, I was honored to present on LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel, with fellow panelists Kate Tkacik, Suzanne Wulf, Becky Yoose, James Neal and Cynthia Dudenhoffer.  Here’s the slide deck. Each of us was initially assigned two trends to explore and discuss. I thought I’d break my own twoish trends and resources into two posts. […]

How to Train Your Dragon live event tomorrow!

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There’s still time to register for a very special How to Train Your Dragon event with with author/illustrator Cressida Cowell tomorrow on March 6th. A free broadcast will be followed by a live Q & A with students around the world!  The World Book Day celebration is sponsored by Microsoft and Little Brown.  And you may recognize a […]

Wakelet: for curation, collaborating and telling your stories

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One of my favorite new(ish) tools for curation is Wakelet. In the past I’ve used to to archive conferences, share lists of best lists, crowd-source current awareness, and to keep my personal favorite classroom teaching tips and strategies handy.  (Happily I discovered Wakelet in the wake of the sudden demise of tools like Google+ Communities and Storify.) I […]

Common Sense Media digital citizenship refresh

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As educators, we’ve learned to count on the research-based wisdom and guidance of  Common Sense Media. Its a destination, always fresh with reviews of apps, video, books and more as well as advice for teaching with technology and outstanding curriculum. I recently sat down with Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director of Education Programs at Common Sense Education, […]

John Green launches Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information

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On behalf of my library/educator colleagues, thank you, John Green. Thank you, John, for offering us a new tool in introducing media literacy and credibility awareness with our learning communities. Thank you for lending your honest voice and passion to this mission. John recently introduced a new 10-episode Crash Course series, Navigating Digital Information, developed […]

Discussion strategies for your pedagogical toolkit

Discussion strategies for your pedagogical toolkit

Each semester I think about how I might create more engagement in both my online and on-campus courses.  I want more students thinking. I want more students talking. Across the years, I’ve gathered a number of go-to websites I visit for inspiration and I revisit a few old favorite discussion techniques. I’ve found that these strategies […]

A Collection of Best-of-the-Year Lists (and a spotlight on one)

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While I suspect some of you are quite sick of them, for me a truly fun part of the new year is stopping to look back at the bounty of the past year’s discoveries in the form of best lists. Many of our friends–reviewers, publishers, bloggers, etc.–have been hard at work collecting their picks for […]

Sharing gifts of digital media

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  It’s the season for getting together with family and friends.  This year, I’ve found myself giving many of them a rather unintentional gift–an introduction to their public libraries’ digital media collections. While most of my friends and relatives have library cards, I am discovering, among the people I know who are not librarians, a surprising […]

On information privilege and information equity

Information privilege is the idea that access to information can be based on an individual’s status, affiliation, or power. Acce

I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about the high school/college transition these days and the differences we see among members of the freshman class. Such thinking leads naturally to a consideration of more profound issues of social justice and equity, issues supported by our Common Beliefs and standards. Access to an effective school library program […]